Mayor of Memphis
A C Wharton, Jr. was elected Mayor of Memphis in October 2009. Winning 61 percent of the overall vote, he became Memphis’ 63rd Mayor and its first new Mayor in 18 years.
Upon taking office, Mayor Wharton immediately set about focusing his administration to execute a new agenda of transparency, responsiveness, innovation, and delivering efficient, equitable, and excellent service for the people of Memphis.
Mayor Wharton believes that Memphis can be a City of Choice for people, families, entrepreneurs, artists, and businesses of all types. His vision is to align civic, commercial, and political leaders to move our economy forward and improve the quality of life for all residents. In every word and deed since taking office, he has called for the City of Memphis to celebrate its successes, honor its singular accomplishments, confront its challenges, and claim its place as a great American city.
The Wharton administration and its partners have received national recognition for Memphis' remarkable revitalization. The Mayor has focused specifically on new initiatives that dramatically increase jobs and capital investment, reduce crime, improve government efficiency and transparency, add more parks and green space to the core city, and improve public education for all children.
Prior to being elected Mayor of the City of Memphis, Mayor Wharton served as the Mayor of Shelby County for seven years and was the first African-American elected to that office.
Mayor Wharton received his law degree in 1971, graduating with honors from the University of Mississippi Law School. He became the University's first African-American professor of law, where he taught for 25 years.
The Mayor and his wife, Ruby, have raised six sons in Memphis.